“I always say I’m a mother of four. It’s a story that moves me.” This is what she started saying Susanna Gray in the Pablo Motos program when they asked him about Koudus, his foster son. The presenter has explained that she came into her life a few years ago, when her sister – who works in a center for foster children, “badly called menas” – told her that one of the children was left on the street . Koudus had a passport in which he marked sixteen years of age, but when doing the wrist test it came out that he was eighteen, which is why he could no longer be protected by any center in Spain. “From one day to the next he was on the street and that night he had nowhere to go to sleep”the journalist has told.
At that moment, Susanna Griso saw this boy reflected in her eldest son – who was also sixteen at the time -. “I said to my sister, ‘What do we do? You keep it and we’ll see.” The presenter’s sister installed him in her house and the journalist paid for his studies. “The two of us have welcomed him. He calls her grandmother, he calls me mother. We are very proud,” she says excitedly and happily.
Susanna Griso speaks of Koudus as a boy “handsome, nice, good people and happy”. The journalist considers that he is “very hardworking” and says that he has carved out a future for himself with the help they gave him and he already has papers. “He has studied Vocational Training, speaks languages. It has allowed me to access the world of the so-called ores”, said the presenter.
The journalist has publicly acknowledged the work of Minister Escriváwhich committed itself and has managed to change the regulations for these children in care, thus facilitating their integration. “They found that when they turned 18 they were in a legal limbo that neither worked nor studied. They ended up in the top blanket and in crime. There are cases of suicides because they arrive with the dream of working and studying here and that dream is truncated”, explained Susanna. In addition, Griso has two biological children and one adopted from the Ivory Coast.